In the red for safety’s sake
BOYNEWOOD and Mundubbera State Schools and St Therese’s School at Monto held a Day for Daniel event last week to promote making the world a safer place for children.
To raise awareness of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, whichwas established in 2005 by Denise and Bruce Morcombe, Boynewood students received wristbands, balloons, tattoos and a “keeping safe” booklet.
The school had had a recent visit by the Daniel Morcombe education trailer and speakers organised by Lauren Sparrow, MCDA, where they had learnt about feeling safe, a network of five and some self-defence techniques.
“Red was the flavour of the day, focusing on child safety awareness and not only did we see red, but we ate red,” principal Vicki Rogers said.
The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum was launched last term.
The curriculum aims to support schools and teachers in the promotion of safety for all students in Queensland.
It includes lessons about personal safety and awareness, cybersafety and telephone safety and is structured to suit students from Prep to Year 9.
The lesson content aims to develop student knowledge and skills to recognise, react and report when they are unsafe.
The uptake of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum is a decision made by individual schools in consulta- tion with parents and designed to be a suite of materials that schools can use from 2013.
Tim Franzman, principal of St Therese’s School at Monto, said Day for Daniel was a day to raise awareness of child safety.
“It is a day to be aware of safety as no parent wants to go through what the Morcombes went through,” Mr Franzman said.
“Our society is getting dangerous for children and we just need to be careful, however kids are a lot more aware from hearing about it on days like today.”
RED FOR REMEMBERING: Mundubbera State School students wore red to remember Daniel. (Back, from left) Western Wendt, Caitlin Wagner, Piper Eastcott, (front) Tahlya Fry-Allen, Lily Carlyon and Tylee Whelan.